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A new theater is opening in Moss Hollow, Georgia, setting the stage for high drama and inflated egos. With too much on her plate at The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery, Jillian Green has no interest in seeking the limelight. She feels even less compelled to participate in the theater's first production, a musical murder mystery, after she meets the woman in charge, caustic New York heiress Brittany Blaine.

Not only is Brittany clearly intent on upstaging everyone in town, but she has her sights on stealing both scenes and Jillian's handsome leading man, Hunter Greyson. Concerned, Jillian nabs a front-row seat to the drama unfolding at the theater so she can keep an eye on her loved ones, and on Brittany. Hearts are broken and tempers flare during the audition process, and tensions remain high after a handful of frightening incidents befall the cast. But the true showstopper occurs when Brittany is found dead at the bottom of the stage trapdoor.

Although Brittany's cause of death is unknown, rumors swirl that Jillian's jealousy pushed her to kill the woman. Hoping to clear her name, Jillian sets out to pull back the curtain on Brittany's suspicious demise. Unfortunately, when it comes to who at the theater had a motive for murder, the better question is . . . who didn't? Was it the surly stagehand, the haughty choreographer, or someone else lurking behind the scenes?

Harrowing happenings continue to haunt the cast and crew, and stage fright becomes the least of their worries. Jillian knows that if she doesn't uncover the killer soon, the show won't go on. Can she stop the villain waiting in the wings before opening night, or will it be a fatal final act for one of Moss Hollow's most beloved citizens?

The Characters

At 39, Jillian is living the life she always dreamed. Using her creative talents, she's built a successful career as one of the top executives at a prestigious advertising agency in California, and she's engaged to an amazing man who showers her with love and the finer things in life. Life couldn't be more perfect.

But as quickly as a chocolate souffle can flop, Jillian's "perfect" fiance is arrested for embezzlement, putting a quick end to the engagement, and the advertising agency coincidentally "downsizes" Jillian after the scandal, leaving her without a job. But Jillian is a strong Southern woman who has learned how to endure from her feisty and iron-willed grandmother. She decides to leave California and make a fresh start where her life began, in the quaint town of Moss Hollow, Ga.

Under Grandma Bertie's roof at Belle Haven mansion and under her wing, Jillian prepares to take over the family business: The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery. But she doesn't expect to find murder on the menu! Will returning home to reconnect with her Southern roots ultimately prove to be a blessing or a fatal mistake?

Longtime member of the Sweetie Pies baking club and grandmother extraordinaire, Lenora has managed the bakery for decades and is considered a part of the family. Since fixing a salad is Jillian's greatest culinary accomplishment on most days, she encounters a few hurdles while learning how to create the decadent treats the bakery is known for. She's grateful for Lenora's wise counsel and encouragement!

The curious and cuddly house cat keeps a close eye on the happenings at Belle Haven mansion and lends a hand -- or paw -- in helping Jillian solve the intriguing mysteries of the small town.

Savannah is one of Jillian's oldest and best friends. She's delighted Jillian moved back to town and looks forward to reconnecting with her childhood companion. But she's also keeping a secret that may be the key to unlocking the mystery of Nadine's untimely demise.

Jillian's down-to-earth and lovable grandmother is ready to retire from the hectic demands of running The Chocolate Shoppe Bakery, but she refuses to sell to a complete stranger. Jillian is her last hope for keeping the business in the family, even if Jillian can barely boil water. Bertie is determined to help Jillian succeed in the business and to see her marry a good Southern man before the bloom falls completely off the rose.

Cornelia may be Bertie's twin, but she is different from her sister in every way, from her flair for the dramatic to her eccentric nature. She moved back to Belle Haven mansion to live with Bertie five years ago after the death of her husband. She claims to possess a joie de vivre that simply cannot be tamed. Bertie prefers to call it "flighty." Despite her theatrics, Cornelia has a generous heart and wants nothing but the best for her grandniece. She will do anything to see Jillian happy and settled in Moss Hollow ... even if it means bending a few rules.